This probably won’t come as a surprise, but Roseanne Barr is no fan of ABC’s The Conners.
The Roseanne spinoff premiered Tuesday night without Barr, after the actress was fired from her self-titled sitcom in May for posting a racist tweet.
Five months later, viewers finally found out Roseanne’s fate.
In the opening scene set three weeks after her death, the other members of the Conner family gather to mourn “Granny Rose.”
Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) then reveals the surprising cause of Roseanne’s demise — an opiate overdose.
The family thought she suffered a heart attack in her sleep until they were told otherwise.
“I just got a call from a friend at the coroner’s office,” Jackie tells Dan (John Goodman). “The autopsy found that it wasn’t a heart attack. Roseanne OD’ed on opiates.”
A stunned Dan says he doesn’t believe it.
“She was only on pain pills for two days after surgery, then it was just ibuprofen. It’s got to be wrong,” he states.
Jackie explains Roseanne’s existing medical problems contributed to her death.
“They think that she must’ve taken the pills right before bed, and with her health issues, it was
enough to stop her breathing.”
Barr took to Twitter shortly after the episode aired to let her followers know she didn’t approve of the way her character’s exit was handled.
“I AIN’T DEAD, BITCHES!!!!” she tweeted in all caps.
I AIN’T DEAD, BITCHES!!!!
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) October 17, 2018
The comedian also released a joint statement on Facebook with her friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply
dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel
Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character,” the statement read.
It continued: “That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”